There has been widespread controversy over a painting depicting George Floyd as Jesus Christ on exhibit at Catholic University of America that is hanging in two locations at the Washington, D.C.-based college. A petition has been launched requesting the picture’s removal.
The petition, which has just over 2,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning, says: “As students at the Catholic University of America, we believe that it is extremely grave that our university, the official university of the Catholic Church in North America, would cast another in the image of our Lord in this way, particularly for political purposes”.
“No political or social cause ever justifies depicting another in the place of Jesus Christ.”
The picture was greeted with open arms by the university in early March as a fitting finale to Black History Month.
A March 3rd news release said, “With the conclusion of Catholic Law’s Black History Month program, which boasted an impressive list of events throughout the month of February, the Catholic Law community held an unveiling and blessing of a new icon for the Law School’s Mary Mirror of Justice Chapel”.
The painting is symbolistic of a popular Catholic icon, the Pieta, which shows a mother mourning her son.
According to The Daily Signal, who broke the news first, students are outraged by the images, with one calling them “blasphemous” and another claiming that “nobody should be portrayed as Jesus except” the one and only Jesus Christ.
Additionally, according to The Signal, “Catholic University appeared to shrug off responsibility for the painting Monday, telling The Daily Signal that artist Kelly Latimore’s painting ‘Mama’ depicts ‘the Virgin Mary supporting the body of the dead Christ’—although the artist has indicated repeatedly that his painting depicts both Floyd and Jesus”.
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